50 firms ready to absorb unpaid Indians

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RIYADH: About 50 local companies have expressed desire to absorb 2,500 Indian employees of Saudi Oger whose salaries have been delayed.

Mohammed Nour Rahman Sheikh, consul general at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah, said the representatives of these companies are currently negotiating with Saudi Oger to finalize the transfer of these employees.

The companies are conducting personal interviews with the candidates, Sheikh said, adding that he does not know the exact number of those who wish to have their sponsorships transferred. He said they are in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, 25 Indian employees, whose salaries have been delayed, left for New Delhi through the Jeddah airport under the sponsorship of the Indian Consulate on Thursday.

“They are the first batch of affected employees, out of 7,700, to leave the Kingdom officially due to lack of payment of wages and other benefits,” he said, while praising the efforts of the Saudi government to resolve the issue.

Sources revealed that the Indian Consulate in Jeddah will follow up on the workers’ financial claims on their behalf, noting that coordination is currently under way between Indian diplomats and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to prepare the lists of workers who wish to fly back home.